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Sir Patrick Stewart to step down as Chancellor of Huddersfield University

Sir Patrick Stewart has announced he will step down as Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

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The actor, born in Mirfield, has held the position at the institution for 12 years.

He regularly presided over events such as graduation ceremonies, often leading processions through the streets, wearing his Chancellor’s robes. He also met large numbers of students and staff and acted as an overseas ambassador for the University of Huddersfield during his travels and on official visits to destinations, such as Hong Kong and China.

It is expected that Sir Patrick will step down as Chancellor after this summer’s graduation ceremonies, but as yet there is no news of a successor.

I am extremely proud of the University of Huddersfield and all it has achieved. Although I am standing down from my role as Chancellor you can be sure I will still be taking every opportunity to talk about the University and I look forward to continuing to meet Huddersfield graduates around the world.

– Sir Patrick Stewart

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Yorkshire schools invited to donate books to South African children

Schools in Yorkshire are being invited to donate books to schools in rural parts of South Africa, as part of a competition to learn about farming in the country.

The 2015 Help a South African School competition asks children in years 1 through to 11 to learn about fruit farming and the difference it makes to the lives of families in South Africa, and to produce a collage of their learnings. There are two top prizes of £1,000 for winning schools. Schools are asked to submit their entry alongside a donation of used books.

Schoolchildren transform tree into work of art

A group of schoolchildren from Sheffield have created a decorative bench from a tree which had to be chopped down because it was damaging pavements. The pupils at Anns Grove Primary School teamed up with chainsaw sculptor Lorraine Botterill to transform the trunk. It was part of Sheffield's Big Boulder Music and Arts Festival. The bench now sits in Heeley Park, where the festival took place, as a lasting memento of the tree and for local people to admire and enjoy.

New lease of life for Tropical World

Tropical World in Leeds has reopened after a one point five million pound refurbishment.

The attraction at Roundhay Park has been made more environmentally friendly and features a new aquarium and reptile enclosure. It has been created in the style of a South American tropical rainforest. The improvements have been partly funded by the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Charitable Foundation, set up by the family which helped pay for the original development.

Leeds City councillor Mark Dobson says the investment has given the attraction a new lease of life.

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Two more charged over finances at Bradford free school

A former director of finance and a former head of department at a flagship free school in Bradford have been charged with fraud offences.

Daud Khan, former finance director at Kings Science Academy is charged with two offences of fraud by abuse of position and three of false accounting.

Shabana Hussain faces one charge of fraud by abuse of position and one of acquiring criminal property. They will appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court shortly.

Former princial Sajid Hussain Raza was charged last week with three offences of fraud by abuse of position, three offences of false accounting, two offences of obtaining a money transfer by deception, and one offence of fraud by false representation. He will also appear at Leeds Magistrates’ Court shortly.

Scarborough to get new university campus

Scarborough is to get a new university campus as part of a £45 million scheme announced today by Coventry University.

Artist's impression of new campus

The campus - an expansion of Coventry - will include a technical college, a sports village and student accommodation. It is due to open in September 2016 and is expected to generate £1 billion for the local economy over the next decade.

The scheme is being developed through a partnership with Scarborough Borough Council and local businesses and is aimed at addressing the employment and skill needs of the local community, as well as attracting students from all over the country and overseas to come and study there.

Coventry University are initially investing more than £12m into their education and learning facilities, with ambitions to expand the capacity of the universe campus to cater for in excess of 5,000 students over time.

University of Coventry launches Scarborough campus

A new university campus will be unveiled in Scarborough as part of a £45 million scheme announced today by Coventry University.

Artist Impression

The campus - an expansion of Coventry - will include a technical college, a sports village and student accommodation.

The site is due to open in September 2016 and is expected to generate £1 billion for the local economy over the next decade.

Dolly Parton backed reading scheme faces axe

A reading scheme for children in Rotherham backed by country and western star Dolly Parton is facing the axe after the local council pulled its financial support.

Dolly Parton launched the Imagination Library eight years ago

The Imagination Library was launched eight years ago to encourage under five-year-olds to read by sending them a free book every month. Rotherham Council is blaming government cuts for its decision to withdraw £400,000 funding.

A spokesman for Dolly Parton said she was disappointed with the decision.

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